Digging Up Backstage Dirt--Fights over Popularity (Gakuya anasagashi hiiki arasoi): Actors Bandô Hikosaburô V, Kawarazaki Gonjûrô I, Nakamura Fukusuke II (R), Ichimura Takematsu III, Ichikawa Kodanji IV, Ichikawa Ichizô III, Ichikawa Yaozô VI, Ichimura Uz

楽屋穴さがしひゐきあらそい 「坂東彦三郎」(五代目)、「河原崎権十郎」(初代)、「中村福助」 (二代目) 「市村竹松」(三代目)、「市川小団次」(四代目)、「市川市蔵」(三代目)、「市川八百蔵」(六代目)、「市村羽左衛門」(十三代目) 、 「市川九蔵」(三代目)

Japanese
Edo period
1863 (Bunkyû 3), 6th month
Attributed to Toyohara Kunichika (Japanese, 1835–1900), Attributed to Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Daikokuya Kichinosuke (Japanese), Blockcutter Koizumi Kanegorô (Hori Kane) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Waseda db 120-0249 (R, not in MFA), 120-0250 (C),120-0251 (L)

Dimensions

Vertical ôban diptych; 35.4 x 48.6 cm (13 15/16 x 19 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.40798a-b

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Left two sheets of incomplete triptych; title on the missing right sheet.

Signed

Unsigned

無款

Markings

Censor's seal: Boar 6 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Ko-Kane (on left sheet)

改印:亥六改
彫師:彫子兼

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection